Jun 13, 2013 9:48AM

Kanye Talks 'Yeezus', Interrupting Taylor Swift, Kim Kardashian, Fatherhood & Past Fashion Decisions

Read the highlights from his New York Times interview.
Photo: Tommy Ton

The New York Times has published an epic interview with Kanye West (who is known not to do interviews). Speaking with journalist Jon Caramanica, Ye talks about everything from wanting to commit suicide over his past fashion decisions, to the 'complete awesomeness' that has come from the Taylor Swift debacle of '09, to what he thinks being the father of Kim Kardashian's spawn will be like.

Read some of the best bits below.

On interrupting Taylor Swift's VMA acceptance speech...
It's only led me to complete awesomeness at all times. It's only led me to awesome truth and awesomeness. Beauty, truth, awesomeness. That's all it is.

On looking back at outfits from five years ago...
Yeah, kill self. That's all I have to say. Kill self.

On making Kim Kardashian clean out her closet...
That was from a place of love. It's hard when people read things in a lot of different ways. You know, the amount of backlash I got from it is when I decided to not be on the show anymore. And it's not that I have an issue with the show; I just have an issue with the amount of backlash that I get. Because I just see like, an amazing person that I'm in love with that I want to help.

On what he thinks parenthood will be like...
One of the things was just to be protective, that I would do anything to protect my child or my child's mother. As simple as that.... I just don't want to talk to America about my family. Like, this is my baby. This isn't America's baby.

On Yeezus' influences...
Yeah, it's like trap and drill and house. I knew that I wanted to have a deep Chicago influence on this album, and I would listen to like, old Chicago house. I think that even 'Black Skinhead' could border on house, 'On Sight' sounds like acid house, and then 'I Am a God' obviously sounds, like, super house.

On winning Grammys...
I don't know if this is statistically right, but I'm assuming I have the most Grammys of anyone my age, but I haven't won one against a white person. But the thing is, I don't care about the Grammys; I just would like for the statistics to be more accurate... I am so credible and so influential and so relevant that I will change things.

On being inspired by a lamp...
Architecture — you know, this one Corbusier lamp was like, my greatest inspiration. I lived in Paris in this loft space and recorded in my living room, and it just had the worst acoustics possible, but also the songs had to be super simple, because if you turned up some complicated sound and a track with too much bass, it's not going to work in that space. This is earlier this year. I would go to museums and just like, the Louvre would have a furniture exhibit, and I visited it like, five times, even privately. ... Like I say, I'm a minimalist in a rapper's body.

Check out the whole interview here.

Ingrid Kesa

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